Winners Announced for Eighth Annual Adolescent Immunization Awareness Contest

New Jersey Middle School and High School Students Promoted Vaccine Awareness in the Annual Protect Me With 3+ Poster and Video Contest

NEWARK, N.J.--()--The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey (the Partnership), in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health, today announced the winners for the eighth annual Protect Me With 3+ adolescent immunization awareness poster and video contest.

The winners and finalists in each category were honored during a virtual awards ceremony on May 13, 2020. The top three winners in the poster and video categories will receive prizes and the opportunity for their artistic creations to be distributed during statewide immunization awareness activities.

Middle School Poster Contest Winners:

1st place: Jahnavi Fernandes from Mount Pleasant Middle School
2nd place: Lydia Smith from Henry Hudson Regional School
3rd place: Katelynn Pertuz from Franklin Elementary School

High School Poster Contest Winners:

1st place: Sanya Joseph from John P. Stevens High School
2nd place: Ashleigh Lancaster from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School
3rd place: Nicki Kye from Ridgewood High School

High School Video Contest Winners:

1st place: Joseph Marta from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School
2nd place: Aleia Ott from Academy of Allied Health and Science
3rd place: Yaelyn Reyes from Atlantic County Institute of Technology

Teachers and schools with the most eligible classroom submissions in each category were also acknowledged during the virtual awards ceremony. The winning teachers and schools include:

  • Venisha Jordan – Franklin Elementary, Rahway, NJ – Middle School Poster Category
  • Susan Sheehan – Atlantic County Institute of Technology, Hamilton, NJ – High School Poster Category
  • William Werntz – Marlboro High School, Marlboro, NJ – High School Video Category

The Protect Me With 3+ contest raises awareness about the importance of adolescent immunizations to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal conjugate, and influenza (flu).

This year, the contest received nearly 400 poster and video entries from middle school and high school students across the state. The winning creations can be viewed at

“Educating students about the benefits of adolescent vaccination can help prevent the spread of serious and potentially deadly diseases,” said Ilise Zimmerman, President and CEO of the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey. “We received so many artistic submissions this year and are excited to showcase the winning artwork on the Protect Me With 3+ website.”

“Thank you to all of the students and teachers who participated in support of adolescent immunization,” said Dr. Tina Tan, State Epidemiologist and Assistant Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health. “The Department of Health is proud to be able to educate students through a creative and collaborative poster and video contest. We hope to receive even more submissions next year!”

New Jersey students in grades 5-8 were eligible to submit posters, while students in grades 9-12 were eligible to submit either posters or videos. The public voted for their favorite entries from April 8 through April 29, 2020.

About the Partnership

The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH). Its mission is to improve the health of women, children, and families. The Partnership has more than 20 years of experience mounting community-based, consumer-friendly and culturally competent educational programs to parents, caregivers, pregnant women and individuals of child-bearing age. For more information visit,

To learn more about vaccinations, please visit the New Jersey Department of Health’s website:


Caroline Vallila

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New Jersey middle school and high school students promoted vaccine awareness in the annual Protect Me With 3+ poster and video contest.


Caroline Vallila